Set 1: On the Road, Little Hands > MLT*, Cottonmouth, Turn This Around, Lost** > Jam > Search
Set 2: Lester Poem, Texas > Mtn. Girls, Freedom Jazz Dance*, Drifting Away, Black Clouds > Polythene Pam > Round the Wheel > Jam > Black Clouds
Encore: Boogie On Reggae Woman*
Collection StringCheeseIncidentBand/Artist String Cheese IncidentDate July 21, 2000Venue Greek TheatreLocation Berkeley, CASource DSBD > Apogee Rosetta > Tascam DA-P1
February 13, 2006
Best SCI sequence ever...
Black Clouds> Polythene Pam> Round the Wheel> Jam> Black Clouds
I'm no stranger to hyperbole, but I really think this is it. This is by far my favorite SCI music ever. There's way better shows out there-hell, the next day in Reno was probably stronger, but they closed their first headlining show at the Greek in style.
Disc III is simply brilliant.
November 18, 2004
The opening to On the Road has a nice little intro to it for the first minute. Then a somewhat interesting jam with a lot of Kyle.
Little Hands seemed to hit a slight trough in summer 2000. This one has pretty good Kyle. The build from guitar to fiddle is also pretty cool. Fiddle solo not quite 2 minutes with a weak ending.
MLT with Denson. He does a nice solo but seems somewhat in the dark during the rest of the song. The jam in MLT is no good either.
Cottonmouth was standard. It's too early for Turn This Around to be as cool as it got in 2001, but I don't see what it has to do with the Phish song except that they both have the word "around" in the titles. Horns again on Lost. This Lost with horns is pretty much the same as the one in Jazzfest. Get 3/10/00 for some cool KDTU horns stuff, especially on that Come As You Are I believe, which is quite up there on my list. Kang is teasing Hey Jude around 9 minutes, a sign of things to come. That's the only cool part of this Lost though, until the very end of the segue into Search which is pretty cool. Then a standard Search to end the set.
I hate Lester poems. They pretend they make sense but they just use a bunch of weird language that people pretend is cool. "We can play the process, now there's a bountiful wish. We can play the process and eat from its hearty dish" What? Nothing will be found in the flash of a wood-nymph forest-bound. Also my ass sounds more poetic than his voice, and writes better too.
Texas, now there's some good poetry. Give me a song with a story. Except that Billy was forgetting the lyrics. What is this, 2002? Average Texas, possibly slightly above average. Goes right into Mountain Girls. That one's fine at least. I think Denson works fine on Freedom Jazz Dance. Drifting away let's them settle down and think things over for a minute.
Now comes the show centerpiece that can make up for all the mediocre stuff they just played. The segues between Black Clouds > Polythene > Round the Wheel are all fine, especially the one into RTW. Some high-pitched Kang in RTW sounds really cool, it's right before the jam starts (6 minutes about). Not much of a Round the Wheel jam either, but the segue into Black Clouds I think is awesome. Although it is clear that Kang wanted to start the song right at his solo, and then they ended up going back into another jam, while trying to work our what they were doing. Then the Billy part does eventually begin, it's all right. Finally Kang can do what he was trying to play at the end of RTW but he plays a pretty bad solo here.
Encore, whatever, Karl Denson, cool, but I'm pissed.
Well I saw the setlist, venue, and date and thought this show can't be as bad as the reviews said. But yea, it is pretty crappy all things considered. Get the summer 2001 Greek instead. 1 star is rought though, I mean at least it wasn't a 3-hour Lester poem. I'm going with 2 stars because they had a good show planned for us, just a bad night.
September 6, 2004
train wrecks abound
Texas should have never been played! Not a good night for the Cheesey boys. Any jam that is offered, is followed by a train wreck. It often seems rock, paper, scissors is being played on stage to see who will lead the jams...
Turn this Around might as well be Twist Around, a Phishy rip off at best.
February 9, 2003
A Fine Show
This is such a great year for SCI that it's hard not to give most shows high ratings - and the summer tour was especially hot. Here, coming off of great Incidents at Horning's Hideout and Mt. Shasta, the boys hit the Greek with enough energy to keep the momentum going. First set offers a very nice Little Hands > MLT, but the best reason to pick this show up is the second set Black Clouds > Polythene Pam > Round the Wheel > Black Clouds. I'd like to give this one 4 stars, but while Karl Denson and Andy Cleaves are usually fun guests, their horns are somehow intrusive and "off" at times here. Also, at points the vocals can be too far forward in the mix and boomy - not a huge deal, but may be distressing to some picky ears.
tom thumb blues
January 29, 2003
Cheese at the Greek
An incredible show from start to finish. This great sounding copy captures the energy that was in the air that night. Highlights include the Black Clouds>Polythene Pam>Round the Wheel>Black Clouds second set closer but this whole show is a must have. Definatley my favorite cheese show of 2000.
Get this show and you will not be sorry!!!